Notices for Users of the Albums

1. New Albums and some changes


The latest genera Albums added to the Operation Wildflower Site are the ones on Paranomus, Hoodia and Hesperantha. This means that photos and stories of plants belonging to these genera already on the Site have been moved from the more general Albums called Shrubs, Succulents and Bulbs into their own new Albums under Genera. 


There is a genus Album in every case where enough material has been accumulated to warrant a stand-alone grouping of photos and stories. There are now more than 160 such Albums on genera of South African plants. The biggest ones (most photos) belong to the genera Crassula, Euphorbia, Pelargonium and Aloe. Keep watching, more will be added! If there is no genus Album yet on the plant you are looking for, check under Types or the Search Box.


In order to access all items on a plant of interest, the Search Box should be used, entering the botanical name of the plant. Most photos and stories on a particular plant are likely to be posted under Genera, (or if there are only few of them, in the conglomerate categories under Types). Habitat, Regions or Parks and Gardens may also contain some material on a species searched for, showing in the list generated when using the Search Box. The latest Regions Album is the one on the Langkloof. A new Parks and Gardens Album for the Caledon Wildflower Garden has also been created from existing material.


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Stapelia gigantea

Botanical Name

Stapelia gigantea

Other names

Carrion flower; Aasblom(Afrikaans)


Asclepiadaceae; succulent; perennial


Vertical stems of 8 to 12cm that in bigger plants spread over areas of more than a sq m

Description of Stem

The green stems performing the photosynthesis duty for the plant have five perpendicular ridges with spaced stipule-like notches; new stems grow at the outer edges of the plant and root as they multiply

Description of Leaves


Description of flowers

A cup with five spiky points at the rim forms the corolla, covered in maroon hairs and line markings

Description of seed/fruit


Description of roots






Propagation and Cultivation

A small cutting will grow easily in a variety of soil types in full or partial sun, not requiring much watering





Ecological rarity


Pests and Diseases

Occasional fungal growth, especially when growing in shade


Pollinated by flies attracted by the unpleasant smell exuded by the flowers; the plant does not eat insects, a belief stemming from the fact that the hairy;  interior of the flower sometimes traps them; similar to S grandiflora




Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, North-West, Natal


South Africa


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